UN weapons inspectors on Saturday conducted a private interview with a fifth Iraqi scientist since they resumed their hunting for prohibited weapons in Iraq after a four-year suspension.
"The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) demanded on Saturday private interview with an Iraqi specialist," the Iraqi Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"The interview was held privately in one of Baghdad's hotels and lasted two and half hours," the statement said.
The first private interview with an Iraqi scientist took place on Thursday, as confirmed by both Iraq and the United Nations.
On Friday, the UN weapons inspectors held private interviews with three Iraqi scientists, two of whom were interviewed by inspectors from the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and a third was questioned by experts from the IAEA.
The UN inspection team reached a 10-point agreement with Iraq inlate January, under which Iraq permits its scientists interviewed privately at any place.